Essex 20 cancelled

With regret we have taken the decision to cancel the Essex 20 due to the ongoing adverse weather conditions. The course currently has deep snow drifts which local farmers are trying to clear but more snow is forecast. Whilst the weather could improve over the weekend we cannot be sure the roads will be clear, and even if most of the snow has gone the course will be completely flooded.

Obviously, we need to be certain we can hold a safe race which is obviously our priority. We are looking to see if it is possible to run the race in the next few weeks but in the event that this is not possible we hope to see you all in 2019.

Please spread the word amongst your fellow runners who may not check their emails to ensure runners don’t make the trek on Sunday unnecessarily

Due to the freezing weather conditions, there will be no club run from Hannakins this evening. The room will not be open.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed next Tuesday 6th March.

The snow will not go from round Hannakins and will freeze come 7.00 pm when the temperature is supposed to be -3 degrees. So icy footpaths means too dangerous to run on them. Also the main snow for our area is supposed to be later today.
So I am cancelling the official Striders session from Hannakins. Ricky will be taking a session on the grass at Gloucester Park at the same time 7.00 pm, assuming the situation does not get any worse so that travel becomes an issue.
If people still want to go to Hannakins to run, then it is not an official club sanctioned session.
Dave Sweet
A select band of Striders this morning, but the quality was there as we improved on two 3rd places to grab a well-deserved 2nd place. This sets things up nicely for the final fixture next Sunday at the home of XC being Weald Park as we look to take overall 2nd place in Division 1.
If we can take 2nd place on the day and by 64 points from Leigh on Sea, then the Runners Up spot is ours, so it’s game on.
I’m afraid Gerry, we do “do 2nd” this year, but certainly “not 3rd” !!
A big congratulations to Emma and Rosa being the first ever Mum and Daughter 1 and 2 in the League.
Many thanks


Round 4 – Weald Country Park.
Sunday 25th February 2018. 10.00.a.m.

The Venue. Weald Country Park. The course will be the same as in previous years, with one lap of 7K, marked by flags and tape and marshalled where necessary. A map of the course will be available at the Barn.

Access. The nearest main road is the old A12 (Brook Street) from which Country Park signs direct you to Weald Park Road.

Parking. All car parks are now pay and display, with a charge of £2.50. per car for any stay over one hour, and more for longer stays. We suggest you car share wherever possible to minimise cost and also congestion in the car parks. In very wet weather it is possible that one or more car parks could be closed. We request that all participants in this event use the Visitors’ Centre or Belvedere car parks.

Toilets. Available in the Belvedere car park and the Visitors’ Centre.

Entry Fee. The entry fees for each race are £2.00, and these together with your declarations should be presented to the organiser at the open barn.

Identification. All runners to wear club letters and colours, and all participants must be over 17 years of age. Please present your discs immediately after you finish, to ensure the results can be announced and subsequent presentation of trophies can take place as soon as possible.

We recommend that you run in spikes or studs, as there will certainly be some muddy areas on the course!

Refreshments. Will be provided in the open barn at the Belvedere car park, where presentations will also take place.

For any additional information please email me at

Run under UK Athletics rules. Permit No.206:17

Please find attached the details, course map and score sheets for the penultimate fixture of this years South Essex xc league fixture hosted by Pitsea RC. 
Parking as you well know is limited, so please encourage your club members to car share as much as possible to ease the congestion